Wyoming is known for many things…wide open skies, mountains, grizzly bears, cowboys and cattle. Wine is not one of those things. But the folks at Table Mountain Vineyards in Huntley, Wyoming, are trying to change that. They’re growing grapes, making wine, drinking wine and generally keeping life interesting.
TMV was the brain child of one of my best friends from college. I’ve watched Patrick and his family turn a crazy idea into a thriving family business. What started as a few acres of grapes is now a vineyard, winery and tasting room that hosts weddings. They even offer paint-and-sip sessions where you can channel your inner Monet and and sample some wine.
I spent a few hours wandering the vineyards earlier this fall. TMV has almost ten acres under grapes, which is about 10,000 vines. These grapes are Wyoming tough – cold-hardy varieties specifically chosen to withstand our higher altitudes and colder climates. They have great names like Frontenac, Elviria and Marcheal Foch. The grapes are picked and processed right at the vineyard, becoming wines with equally colorful names…S.O.B. (Son of a Berry), Cowgirl Blush and Wyoming Nectar.
The wines are full of “character.” And no wonder – just look at these grapes. They’ve got character in spades!
If you find yourself in Wyoming, pick up a bottle of a TMV wine and taste a little bit of my state with every sip!